In coach speak, there's always talk about peaking at the right time.

In coach speak, there's always talk about peaking at the right time.

Not only did the Upper Arlington High School boys soccer team win its third in a row with last Saturday's 5-1 victory over Grove City in its Division I tournament opener, it marked the ninth consecutive game without a loss.

The Golden Bears took that momentum into a district semifinal last Wednesday at third-seeded Olentangy Orange.

"Like everybody else you're always looking for that perfect game and I think with a lot of first-year varsity players and me being a first-year coach here we're showing a great deal of maturity at the right time," said coach Carlos Bonilla, whose team was 8-6-3 overall before last Wednesday.

UA was 6-2-3 in its last 11 games.

The winner of last Wednesday's semifinal faces eighth-seeded Westerville North or Westerville South at 7 p.m. Saturday in a district final at Upper Arlington. Against Grove City, UA broke a 1-all halftime score with four goals in the second half. Freshman John Schumann had three of them.

"We scored 20 seconds into the game and I thought the flood gates would open a little earlier than they did," midfielder Noah Grumman said. "We just kept attacking and the goals kept coming."

Possible opponents in a Tuesday regional semifinal include second-seeded Thomas Worthington, fifth-seeded Dublin Coffman, Worthington Kilbourne and Olentangy Liberty.

UA shut out Coffman 1-0 on Oct. 12 to finish at 3-3-1 in the OCC-Central Division tied with Hilliard Davidson (2-2-3) behind champion Thomas Worthington (7-0-0), Hilliard Darby (4-1-2), Kilbourne (4-3-0) and Coffman (3-2-2) and ahead of Westland (0-6-1) and Central Crossing (0-6-1).

The Bears started at 0-3 in the league before defeating Central Crossing 2-0 on Sept. 21.

Losses to Thomas Worthington (1-0 on Aug. 31) and Kilbourne (1-0 on Sept. 7) could've gone either way, Bonilla said.

•The third-seeded girls team opened the postseason with a 9-0 win over Groveport. It was 13-2-2 overall before a Division I semifinal last Tuesday against Gahanna.

The winner meets sixth-seeded Olentangy Liberty or Dublin Jerome in a district final at 1 p.m. Saturday at Grandview.

If UA advances to a regional final for the third-straight time, it would face second-seeded Dublin Coffman, fourth-seeded Hilliard Davidson, Thomas Worthington or Watterson Wednesday at UA.

The Bears played Coffman to a scoreless tie on Oct. 12 to finish third in the OCC-Central at 5-1-1, behind champion Davidson (6-0-1) and Coffman (5-0-2), and ahead of Thomas Worthington (3-3-1), Kilbourne (3-3-1), Darby (2-5-0), Westland (1-6-0) and Central Crossing (0-7-0).

"The top three were very tight and the difference came down to a tie or win and that was a good thing," coach Mark Wise said.

UA lost to Davidson 2-1 on Oct. 5.

Against Coffman, Gena Inbusch nearly scored on a header in front of the net as time expired. The ball shot over the goal.

"Anybody who came to that game certainly got their money's worth," Wise said. "She was right there, but I can't be angry about it."